NS0613 - Enhancing the care of older people in contemporary society

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What will I learn on this module?

During this module you will develop knowledge and understanding of the complex needs of older people within the context of health and social care. Exploration of theories of ageing and reflection upon professional values, attitudes and behaviours will support your understanding of the ageing process. You will develop an appreciation of the importance of a multidisciplinary team approach in the assessment, management and ongoing support for older people and their family, friends or carers. The module will develop your knowledge and competence in caring for older people across health and life continua: from living well, acute illness, intermediate care, frailty, ongoing long term care to end of life, providing understanding of significant issues at transitional points.
You will be enabled to deliver safe, effective and person centred care by the development of robust clinical decision making through comprehensive evidence based assessments, including risk.
The module will require you to critically appraise relevant theory, political drivers and empirical research in relation to ageing and gerontological nursing, seeking to explore its application to health and care management to meet the diverse needs of people in later life.
A vital component to module delivery is service user and clinician involvement. Aligned to the ethos of caring for older people, key module topics include: -
• Living well in later life
• Theories of ageing
• Pathophysiology of ageing: assessment, recognition, treatment and management of multimorbid ties, including dementia
• Frailty: recognition and management
• Risk and resilience in older people
• Medicines management
• Capacity, consent and ethical decision making
• Perspectives of ageing and society: implications for integrated health and social care policy
• Working in partnership with older people, families and carers to ensure person centred care/family centred care: effective communication and shared decision making
• Collaboration and multidisciplinary team working across organisational boundaries

How will I learn on this module?

The module offers a variety of teaching strategies to assist your learning. This includes a range of face to face and e-lectures (digitally recorded and accessible online), self-directed learning activities, face-to-face seminars, and practical workshops. Service user and carer involvement is integral to module teaching and learning. Standardised patient simulation with service users provides opportunity for development of assessment and clinical decision-making skills in a safe but authentic environment.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Throughout the module you will be supported by academic staff. Academic support is provided by a team of experienced lecturers. Formative peer assessment will also support your academic learning.
Additional study support is available from Ask 4 Help (on-line or face to face staff support) on-line resources and student support services can be accessed within the library and via the library homepage that has a variety of study skills resources that can support your learning.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
1. Critically analyse the political and global context of ageing, and theories of ageing.
2. Develop a critical understanding of the importance of working within both multidisciplinary and unidisciplinary contexts to provide person centred/ family centred care and consider the challenges associated with the complexity of shared clinical decision making in caring for older people.
3. Critically examine gerontological assessment skills and competence in clinical application.
Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
4. Critically analyse gerontological evidence based approaches and their applicability to older people across a range of care settings.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
5. Critically explore personal and societal attitudes, values and beliefs which may impact upon ageing and older people and equip nurses to embed a more positive image of ageing in practice

How will I be assessed?

Your assessment will be a 3000-word assignment based upon a case study. The assignment is a critical examination of the nursing care required to meet the key needs of an older person within the context of health and social care. You will be required to choose a case study from the proposed assignment case study list, then write an essay that addresses four criteria: -

• Identify the key needs of the older person emerging from the chosen case study and provide a supporting rationale for selection of the case study.

• Critically examine the nursing care required to meet one of the key needs of the older person within the context of integrated health and social care.


• Critically discuss the implications for contemporary nursing practice within the context of health and social care.

• Critically reflect on these implications, suggesting improvements for contemporary practice.


• All MLO’s will be achieved

Pre-requisite(s)

NA

Co-requisite(s)

NA

Module abstract

During this module you will develop knowledge and understanding of the complex needs of older people within the context of health and social care. You will develop competence in caring for older people across health and life continua and during significant transitional points: living well, acute illness, intermediate care, frailty, ongoing long-term care, to end-of-life. You will be enabled to deliver safe, effective and person-centred care by the development of robust clinical decision making through comprehensive evidence based assessments, including risk.
The module will require you to critically appraise relevant theory, political drivers and empirical research in relation to ageing and gerontological nursing, seeking to explore its application to health and care management to meet the diverse needs of people in later life.
Service user involvement is integral to module delivery. Service users deliver face-to-face ‘people with experience’ lectures, and engage in standardised patient simulation.

Course info

UCAS Code B700

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years full-time (45 weeks and 4 days per year)

Department Nursing, Midwifery & Health

Location Coach Lane Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2020

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